Does Living In a New Condo Mean a Sterile Community?

Does Living In a New Condo Mean a Sterile Community?

One of the reasons that old neighbourhoods appeal to many, apart from mature, leafy trees, is the sense of community that exists there. As the neighbourhood slowly changes, bonds form, neighbours get to know each other, and community amenities exist, from pools, schools, to grocery stores.

New condos bring to mind large buildings with awkward impersonal interactions in the elevators or parking garage. Who lives there? Downsizing seniors, young professionals who work long hours, and tiny dogs, right?

 

Well that doesn’t necessarily have to be true, not on either account.

 

New Condos Doesn’t Mean NO COMMUNITY

There are some stereotypes that we need to clear up about condo developments in the first place. They are not always large apartment buildings. If you look for condos in West Island, you’ll notice that they are a mix of townhouses and small apartment buildings, and in some cases, you’ll even find semi-detached condos. Condominium refers to the system in which the complex is maintained, and how it is done as a group, rather than individually. Services like garbage collection, roofing, lawn care, common amenities like a pool or community room are also covered by monthly condo fees.

 

While it’s true that when it’s a new condo, all the residents move in at approximately the same time, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be open for friendship. With the different unit types, you can find a diversity of residents, of different age and ethnic origin. Many new condos are now infill developments and are built in areas that already have existing neighbourhoods and community amenities like libraries, stores, and services like banks. The density also promotes good transit and connectivity to the rest of the city.

 

Older Neighbourhood Doesn’t mean FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURS

While in the movies, all the areas with the nice old houses and mature trees seem to have the friendliest people living in them, that doesn’t necessarily ring true in real life. There’s something to be said about “garage culture”- when people drive out of their garages to go to work and drive back in at the end of the day, never showing themselves outside of their home. That doesn’t seem to really promote social coherence, does it?

 

A lot of the older neighbourhoods, while they have more greenery generally, also have worse transit, and aren’t really walkable when it comes to getting things done, be that groceries or depositing money at the bank.

 

 

In the end, you really have to experience a neighbourhood before you move in. In an established area, you can take a walk during the day to observe who you see out and about, visit the local park, or hang out at the library. Try it on.

 

With a new development, that’s a little more difficult. What you can do though, is talk to the developer about the demographics of those who have purchased. See if you fit into any of the major groups. Maybe put together a social media group in which future residents can meet and discuss ideas.

 

You are also a part of your community, and the impact you make can change what’s there currently. So what will it be?

 

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